[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black
[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black

Waxi boots run large, we recommend going a size down from what you usually wear.

The Background

The Waxi boot is an enduring icon of the Border and Bush Wars---Conflicts which dominated South Africa and present day Zimbabwe during the Cold War. Outside of Africa and certain military circles both of these wars have faded into obscurity. Don’t get the wrong idea though, they were anything but boring.


At the height of the Border and Bush wars, both South Africa and Rhodesia found themselves geographically, economically, and diplomatically isolated. They would be facing off against the best efforts of the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, and several members of the Soviet Bloc. All of whom would be providing training, arms, logistics and advisory support to a rainbow of communist terrorists, militant groups, and Sub-Saharan nation states. The resulting violence was characterized by its fast pace and indiscriminate brutality---with frequent attacks on public infrastructure and civilian populations.


This period of counter-insurgency combat in the African savanna and wildlands forced tactical and material improvisation. Scrambling to stay competitive, South Africa and Rhodesia would develop doctrines and equipment that would stay relevant for decades to come.



The Boots

Like many South African designs, the Waxi Boot is essentially a standardized field improvisation. Fighting in the bush necessitated two things, long term endurance, and bursts of high mobility during close contact. Traditional combat boots provided neither---especially when you consider the sweltering heat of Africa. With this in mind, many South African and Rhodesian soldiers opted to wear their physical training footwear instead of their issued combat boots. The most popular choices were takkies (hockey shoes) or commercial high tops from Converse and others.


This philosophy would eventually give birth to the Waxi or “Half Combat” boot. Sitting halfway between a high-top sneaker and a combat boot, the waxi runs, jumps and flexes like a tennis shoe while delivering the protection and durability of a boot.


Our Waxis are manufactured by hand, by the same family owned company who has supplied them to the SADF for decades. They are lightweight and strong, with a full Goodyear welt and double stitching on all load-bearing seams.

For the uninitiated westerner several things about the Waxi will come as a surprise. The first and most noticeable is the fit. The Waxi is built with an extra wide toe box. A feature which increases airflow and accommodates swelling from extended marches. We suggest you wear yours the African way: thick wool socks, regardless of the weather.


Which brings me to the second thing most people will not expect; the thickness of the leather. Without a doubt the Waxi is a durable boot, however it does this without the weight and stiffness you might be used to out of a pair of Red Wings. This makes sense when you consider the Waxi’s parentage; it is a desert boot, not a logging boot for North American forests.


This thin flexible leather performs two important tasks. It significantly reduces the time required to break in your boots and it increases comfort in hot weather. Spend a few days outside and will find that your pair readily shapes, creases and forms to match your feet. It’s also great for moisture transfer. You will find that you sweat straight through the leather of your boots instead of swimming in them.


The Recce

The Waxi boot was the brainchild of South Africa’s elite Recce units (short for “Reconnaissance”). The cream of the SADF, Recce were experts in both long-range combat reconnaissance and counter-insurgency. In truth though, they did far more. Recce quickly became the “go-to” fighting force for nearly everything, from airborne raids to underwater demolitions.

Limited by attrition and embargos, Recce frequently purchased their own kit on the private market. This included the first Waxi boots, which were made to order for individual soldiers. Among these first purchases were many of the now famous “anti-tracking” boots---variants of the Waxi featuring a completely flat sole.

The anti-track Waxi replaced the Recce footwear of choice---black high top sneakers with the soles sanded flat. In the dusty conditions of the bush, the flat soles left faded prints, disguising fresh tracks as weeks old.

Outsoles

We offer two sole types on all Waxi Boots.

 

The Standard Lug Sole, reminiscent of a lineman's or logger's sole.
Great all-weather, all-terrain performance.

 

The Anti-Track Sole, a completely flat sole and South African military legend.
Widely used in the Border War to conceal troop movements, it has no tread.
This results in footprints which appear washed-out, older,
or too light to be visible, confusing would-be trackers.

Specs

  • Cowhide leather
  • Sturdy Goodyear welted rubber soles
  • 12 metal eyelets
  • Half-gusseted tongue
  • Iconic Angle belt
  • Double stitching
  • Flexible, built-in airflow, for heat dissipation and breathability

[PRE-ORDER] Half Combat Waxi Boot, Black

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Waxi boots run large, we recommend going a size down from what you usually wear.

The Background

The Waxi boot is an enduring icon of the Border and Bush Wars---Conflicts which dominated South Africa and present day Zimbabwe during the Cold War. Outside of Africa and certain military circles both of these wars have faded into obscurity. Don’t get the wrong idea though, they were anything but boring.


At the height of the Border and Bush wars, both South Africa and Rhodesia found themselves geographically, economically, and diplomatically isolated. They would be facing off against the best efforts of the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, and several members of the Soviet Bloc. All of whom would be providing training, arms, logistics and advisory support to a rainbow of communist terrorists, militant groups, and Sub-Saharan nation states. The resulting violence was characterized by its fast pace and indiscriminate brutality---with frequent attacks on public infrastructure and civilian populations.


This period of counter-insurgency combat in the African savanna and wildlands forced tactical and material improvisation. Scrambling to stay competitive, South Africa and Rhodesia would develop doctrines and equipment that would stay relevant for decades to come.



The Boots

Like many South African designs, the Waxi Boot is essentially a standardized field improvisation. Fighting in the bush necessitated two things, long term endurance, and bursts of high mobility during close contact. Traditional combat boots provided neither---especially when you consider the sweltering heat of Africa. With this in mind, many South African and Rhodesian soldiers opted to wear their physical training footwear instead of their issued combat boots. The most popular choices were takkies (hockey shoes) or commercial high tops from Converse and others.


This philosophy would eventually give birth to the Waxi or “Half Combat” boot. Sitting halfway between a high-top sneaker and a combat boot, the waxi runs, jumps and flexes like a tennis shoe while delivering the protection and durability of a boot.


Our Waxis are manufactured by hand, by the same family owned company who has supplied them to the SADF for decades. They are lightweight and strong, with a full Goodyear welt and double stitching on all load-bearing seams.

For the uninitiated westerner several things about the Waxi will come as a surprise. The first and most noticeable is the fit. The Waxi is built with an extra wide toe box. A feature which increases airflow and accommodates swelling from extended marches. We suggest you wear yours the African way: thick wool socks, regardless of the weather.


Which brings me to the second thing most people will not expect; the thickness of the leather. Without a doubt the Waxi is a durable boot, however it does this without the weight and stiffness you might be used to out of a pair of Red Wings. This makes sense when you consider the Waxi’s parentage; it is a desert boot, not a logging boot for North American forests.


This thin flexible leather performs two important tasks. It significantly reduces the time required to break in your boots and it increases comfort in hot weather. Spend a few days outside and will find that your pair readily shapes, creases and forms to match your feet. It’s also great for moisture transfer. You will find that you sweat straight through the leather of your boots instead of swimming in them.


The Recce

The Waxi boot was the brainchild of South Africa’s elite Recce units (short for “Reconnaissance”). The cream of the SADF, Recce were experts in both long-range combat reconnaissance and counter-insurgency. In truth though, they did far more. Recce quickly became the “go-to” fighting force for nearly everything, from airborne raids to underwater demolitions.

Limited by attrition and embargos, Recce frequently purchased their own kit on the private market. This included the first Waxi boots, which were made to order for individual soldiers. Among these first purchases were many of the now famous “anti-tracking” boots---variants of the Waxi featuring a completely flat sole.

The anti-track Waxi replaced the Recce footwear of choice---black high top sneakers with the soles sanded flat. In the dusty conditions of the bush, the flat soles left faded prints, disguising fresh tracks as weeks old.

Outsoles

We offer two sole types on all Waxi Boots.

 

The Standard Lug Sole, reminiscent of a lineman's or logger's sole.
Great all-weather, all-terrain performance.

 

The Anti-Track Sole, a completely flat sole and South African military legend.
Widely used in the Border War to conceal troop movements, it has no tread.
This results in footprints which appear washed-out, older,
or too light to be visible, confusing would-be trackers.

Specs

  • Cowhide leather
  • Sturdy Goodyear welted rubber soles
  • 12 metal eyelets
  • Half-gusseted tongue
  • Iconic Angle belt
  • Double stitching
  • Flexible, built-in airflow, for heat dissipation and breathability
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Rated 5 out of 5
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I AM LITERALLY IN CRISIS BECAUSE OF THESE BOOTS

Quite possibly THE MOST comfortable boot I have ever worn. So light, snug, it feels like a running shoe but the comfort and drip of a boot (especially with that gucci anti-track sole setting it apart with a Reebok Classic callback).

Why then am I in crisis?

BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO WEAR THEM FOR THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE AND I CAN'T GET ANOTHER PAIR YET AAAAAAAAAA

Basically I bought them to go bush in Australia. But. They're. Just. Too. STYLISH!

I've had nothing but compliments whenever I wear them, and after just a light rub with neutral Dubbin, they have such a good tone and finish I just- I just CAN'T mess them up by going out back!

As we speak I'm scrolling KS to find another pair I can buy asap to actually use, rather than just styling on people with my t*rrorwave inspire digs (thanks to some jeans and a GDR parker liner from KS I got strong Fenian vibes).

Anyway yeah, get some. Local SA GILFS in your area will mire and nod approvingly at you while asking in a thick accent "Wheh di' you get those?" (I kid you not this literally happened at work, a local SA lady who regularly comes in for a chat kept glancing at them until I went to taker her order when she said she hadn't seen them "Fah' along time, befah' you were born...").

If your friends don't own a pair of these, are they really even your friends? Think about it...

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Decent boot, terrible insole

Bought these boots to replace the thorogoods I use for work because I needed something a lot more lightweight for the amount of walking and climbing I do working for the railroad. Excellent design with the wide toe box, and the weight honestly feels like the garmonts I used in the military. However this boot falls short with the original insole it comes with. I suffered for 2 weeks with it trying to get it to work but it's just too thin to really hold up. With a padded insole I lost some of the extra space afforded inside which leaves the boot a little more cramped and feeling just like a standard combat boot on the inside. Only of course been wearing them for a little over a month so far so I cant speak for how durable they'd be in the long run for me but they're holding up decently where other boots have fallen apart for me this early on.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Instantly became a world tier Recce

What does Recce mean, I don't know, but I became one when I put these on. Basically a hightop converse made of leather, these boots are comfortable out of the box and with a thick wool sock wear better than even my Rocky SV2 combat boots. 10/10 would buy, become the recce Instagram convinced you to be

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Fantastic Lightweight Trekking Boot

Serving me well across the Pacific Northwest; woodland, foothills, mountains, and rivers. Great hot weather boot, but I do highly recommend good wool socks. Very breathable, and comfortable. Looking forward to another pair in the future.

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Very comfortable and breathable

Took about a week and a half for the boot to be broken into via hiking. It holds up very well and looks stylish. No discomfort after 6 hours of walking in them.

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